John Byrne checks out the returning Veep and newcomer Silicon Valley, as well as two very different documentary series, one about Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel and the other about gifted British kids
Reviewed: Veep (Wednesday, Sky Atlantic); Silicon Valley (Wednesday, Sky Atlantic); The Shelbourne (, RTÉ One); Child Genius (Sunday, Channel 4)
Right, let's get the fun bits out of the way before I get on to the far more serious topic of pushy parents and their hideous ways. Veep (Wednesday, Sky Atlantic) returned for a third season and it's now official that I want to have Julia Louis-Dreyfuss ...
John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Mon Jul 21 - Fri 25)
There are more new and returning shows this week, while both Veep and The Americans are hitting their stride, and Maggie Q kicks-off a final run of Nikita.
Pick of the week
Alan Carr: Chatty Man Summer Special (Friday, Channel 4)
In olden times, TV summer specials were all the rage – although they were usually Saturday night entertainment shows. Here, Alan Carr returns to host his own summer special, shown in two parts. Guests joining him for summertime fun are comedy queen Miranda Hart ...
There's some great telly tonight with Devious Maids (8.40pm, RTÉ Two), The Americans (10.25pm, RTÉ Two) and Ray Donovan (10.00pm, Sky Atlantic) the pick of the bunch.
8.40pm, RTÉ Two
Last week's pilot episode was great fun, and it looks like Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry has another big hit on his hands. Valentina's plans to get closer to Remi continue to irritate Zoila. Rosie gets caught in the middle when Spence accuses Peri of cheating. Carmen takes advantage of Alejandro and Odessa being out of the house, much to Sam ...
Two of EastEnders' younger characters will have to face their feelings for each other on BBC One and RTÉ One this week.
John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (July 12-18)
This week's box beat sees John Byrne reviewing the second season double-bill opener of Person of Interest, a new comedy from Chuck Lorre, a documentary about songs banned in Britain, and Bill O'Herlihy's World Cup swan song.
John Byrne takes in a new drama on BBC Two featuring Maggie Gyllenhaal, a US sci-fi show on E4, and an RTÉ One documentary about drug mule Michaella McCollum Connolly.
It's hello to the returning Saturday Night with Miriam and Under the Dome, and it's cheerios for the departing Penny Dreadful and Bones. Telly never stands still . . .
John Byrne looks back on a game-changing episode of The Good Wife, large chunks of Glastonbury, an animated spy series on demand, life in the Mormon community - and the latest World Cup action.